[ ri-surch, ree-surch ]
/ rɪˈsɜrtʃ, ˈri sɜrtʃ /
diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.: recent research in medicine.
a particular instance or piece of research.
verb (used without object)
to make researches; investigate carefully.
verb (used with object)
to make an extensive investigation into: to research a matter thoroughly.
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Origin of research
synonym study for research
1. See investigation.
OTHER WORDS FROM researchre·search·a·ble, adjectivere·search·er, re·search·ist, nounpro·re·search, adjectiveun·der·re·search, verb (used with object)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH researchre-search, research
Definition for research (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-searchre-search , research
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British Dictionary definitions for research
/ (rɪˈsɜːtʃ, ˈriːsɜːtʃ) /
systematic investigation to establish facts or principles or to collect information on a subject
to carry out investigations into (a subject, problem, etc)
Derived forms of researchresearchable, adjectiveresearcher, noun
Word Origin for research
C16: from Old French recercher to seek, search again, from re- + cercher to search
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